Saturday, June 7, 2014

How Wynne blew the Globe and Mail endorsement

This election in Ontario, the red-Tory editorial board of the Globe and Mail reluctantly endorsed a Tim Hudak minority.

How did Kathleen Wynne blow the endorsement Dalton McGuinty got in 2011?

In trying to out-left the NDP, she ended up alienating right-leaning voters.

As far as Liberal campaign strategies go, this has got to be one of the dumbest.

Liberal territory

Since the Liberals straddle the center, they have to reach out leftwards and rightwards to get votes. The right side is more important, however, because the neo-con party can win a 4-year dictatorship on 40% of the vote.

Therefore it's the job of a Liberal leader to win over moderate right-leaning voters to keep the neo-con party away from government.

Iggy blunder

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff made the same blunder in the 2011 federal election. He handed Harper the economy in an election campaign that was all about the economy.

This despite the fact that Liberal policies were responsible for Canada's relative economic resilience according to The Economist.

Conclusion

No doubt if Wynne blows the election as well — by handing Hudak the blue Liberal and red Tory vote — Liberals will try to blame the NDP.

Why take responsibility for your own blunders and failures when you can pin them on someone else?

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